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IL cop resigns after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt

IL cop resigns after dispute over Puerto Rican shirt

A Chicago man who was caught on video unleashing a racist tirade against a woman wearing a Puerto Rico shirt was hit with felony hate crime charges on Thursday.

The video posted to social media shows 62-year-old Timothy Trybus confronting Mia Irizarry on June 14 as she was setting up a birthday party in a reserved gazebo in Caldwell Woods on the Northwest Side.

Prosecutors are considering whether to file hate crime charges in the case, Cook County state's attorney's spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said Thursday. The intoxicated individual involved in the incident was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct.

He was arrested by Cook County Forest Preserve District Police and is expected to be held before a bond hearing on Friday. "The United States of America is a nation that was built and thrives on diversity".

She says: "Officer, I'm renting, I paid for a permit for this area". "I told him I was uncomfortable multiple times".

At one point in the video, Irizarry tries to move away from Trybus and walks out from under a pavilion, but he follows her as Connor appears not to approach them.

"It was truly appalling, gut wrenching and a real wake up call", Cook County Commissioner Luis Arroyo Jr. said. "If you're an American, you wouldn't be wearing that".

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The Cook County Forest Preserve officer can be seen in the video standing in the background, not moving closer as Trybus continued to come up to Irizzary.

In an earlier statement, the police said that an investigation had been launched and the officer had been placed on desk duty.

PHOTO: A then-unidenfied man, pictured, was shown harassing the woman, questioning her citizenship.

I showed my official ID as a Member of Congress, to which the officer said, "I don't think so", indicating that she thought my ID was a fake and that I couldn't possibly be a Member of Congress. The video, posted on Facebook, has been viewed more than 1.2 million times. About 10 minutes into the video, more police officers arrived.

My wife and I wanted to let her know that we support her and we admire her. The island is a US commonwealth, and Puerto Ricans are American citizens.

Preckwinkle also released a statement Tuesday saying she'd had a phone call with Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rossello, who'd referenced her directly in a Tweet about the video. This is not the America we all believe in'.